March 23, 2017
Rising to 95 feet above the sea level, the new Governor Eloy S.
Inos Peace Park offers panoramic sea views on the Pacific island of
Saipan, part of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
One of the world’s leading engineering, environmental and
construction services companies, GHD, provided design, construction
management and construction quality assurance services to convert a
former waste dump into the stunning new park.
The site began its life as a docking facility for the US
Military, before turning first into a scrap metal dumping site and
then into the official solid waste disposal site, known as Puerto
Rico Dump. Due to environmental issues and community concerns, the
dump was officially closed in 2003.
The park design was approved in 2014 and, in 2015, construction
work commenced to reshape 110,000 cubic yards of waste. A
protective liner system comprising multiple layers was installed to
cover the 21 acre site, while plants were specifically selected to
avoid roots damaging the liners. The project also included 23
methane gas vents connected to a network of more than 2000 feet of
pipe. During the project, 76 pieces of unexploded ordnance were
discovered and safely detonated off-site.
Paul Baron, GHD’s Principal for Guam and Saipan, says, “As a
leading consultant in CNMI, it’s a tremendous honor to contribute
to this emblematic project for the island. By turning a
long-running environmental issue into an attraction for locals and
visitors from around the world, the project has created a lasting
benefit for future generations.
“We would like to acknowledge our client, the Capital
Improvement Projects office, the contractor Black Micro
Corporation, our people in Saipan, and numerous specialist
contractors and subconctractors whose hard work and commitment has
made this project possible.”